Sprachcaffe GEOS News
SC GEOS Won the Award of “BEST ESL School” in Victoria, Canada!
We are pleased to announce that we received the award of “BEST ESL School” in Victoria again in 2018!
Our teacher Sarah Melanson won the “BEST Teacher Award" in Victoria, Canada, too!
The message from Sara Melanson:
It is a great honour to receive this award two years in a row. My students are important to me. It gives me a lot of pleasure to know that I am making a difference in their lives, and helping them achieve their goals in learning English.
I am passionate about teaching. Even as a child, I knew that I wanted to help people through teaching. I followed my dreams by earning a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina. In addition to my passion for teaching, I also had an adventurous spirit. I combined my love of teaching with travel and taught English in Japan. This is where my love of ESL started to take root. After returning to Canada, I taught in the public education system for 7 years. I also taught ESL at the University of Regina during this time further growing my love of teaching English.
My family and I had the opportunity to move to Victoria, so we jumped at the chance to live in one of Canada’s most beautiful cities. Shortly after we moved, my husband got a job in Saudi Arabia. I was very excited about another opportunity to see the world and teach ESL. After living and teaching in Saudi Arabia for almost five years, I knew that a full-time career in ESL was what I wanted to pursue.
I applied to GEOS in the four week TESL program. I quickly realized that GEOS was a perfect fit for my teaching style and philosophy. I have been teaching at GEOS ever since. I strongly believe in the communicative approach to teaching. However, I also understand that students need grammar structures and vocabulary in order to communicate effectively.
At GEOS, I am able to follow my philosophy, and facilitate activities and lessons that encourage the use of English at all times while still promoting accuracy. I use the framework of a textbook, but have the freedom to supplement with real-life activities, videos, role-plays, presentations, and games. I use pair and small group work daily in my classes; as well, I give students time to practice independently. I promote an environment where all personality types can feel confident and comfortable to participate. One of my best strengths as a teacher is creating an atmosphere where all my students feel welcome and confident to take risks. My students learn and improve their skills while enjoying themselves. I love watching my students grow and improve. It fulfills me to see them try hard and blossom into proficient English speakers.
Another thing that gives me pleasure as an ESL teacher is how much I learn from my students. We have a variety of international students who come to GEOS Victoria to study. I learn something new each day from my students. When I enter my classroom, I know that I will smile and laugh with my students. I know that they will teach me as much as I will teach them! I am grateful to receive this award again, and I’m looking forward to working hard this year and the years to come to make many more students happy.
My name is Arina Shikhova and I have taken a language course in SC Beijing. Especially the school staff is friendly and helpful, the will answer all of your questions. Methods of education are good, too. There is a big progress in my languages level. The location is really convenient, it is very easy to find the way. Both building and facilities are very good. My residence is so close to this school, so it was very convenient to go there. I like your school veeery much and you made my journey to Beijing wonderful!´
The men and women, company-wide, of SC GEOS Languages Plus are proudly joining as members of GLOW ED. GLOW ED’s mission is to create an organization that engages and empowers women at all levels of global education by providing a platform for dialogue, networking and mentorship. GLOW Ed is committed to fostering the advancement of women in the field, creating more business opportunities for women and supporting disadvantaged women in countries around the world.
So, it is the 21st century and we are still on the topic of gender equality in the workplace…well, not at SC GEOS Languages Plus where we strive to empower both men and women based on their skills and work ethics and not their gender.
We are also proud to announce that our very own Director of Operations and Business Development, Alexia Galanopoulos, is now a board member for GLOW ED. Here is what some of our people across the globe wanted to share:
President & CO-Founder of Sprachcaffe GEOS Languages Plus, Alberto Sarno, speaks about how he is proud to be part of the gender equality movement in education, in his own company and at home:
“As a father, a son, a brother, a partner and a colleague of strong women, it goes without saying that I am a proud supporter in several global initiatives fostering the advancement of women in all aspects of the work place and in my personal life. There is a lot of denial about sexism and an ugly connotation on the word feminism that is still present in the world, we need to work together to fix this.”
Brighton Head office - UK: `In our organisation we strive to achieve gender equality through our education, recruitmen, training and business development. Following our mission statement we want our student and staff experiences to broaden horizons, remove barriers and prepare our students and staff for all the challenges of a globalised world, in the hope that they will be better equipped with greater cultural awareness and communication skills, leading to a more peaceful harmonious world.´
Toronto Head office - North America: ‘Gender equality? Are we still discussing it? We are a proud employer of both males and females based on work performance, attitude, humor, positivity, personality and individual skill. Nothing beats that. True supporters of equality without even considering the race, sex, religion, physical looks, political or favorite football club of the individual…”. We hire family-worthy employees. Heck! We spend more time with each other than with our actual families, so we make our time in our schools WORTH WHILE. Students see it, an appreciate it.’
Malaga Head office - Spain: `As an education company which host students all around the world, we truly believe in the power of equal education for creating a better global community. We encourage this equality not only with words, but through actions we take with our students and co-workers, in our classes and in our offices. We achieve an open-minded environment no matter the religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or orethnicity.´
Beijing School director: “Effective gender equality is a goal in our workplace.“
Global women in international education #IAMWITHGEOS #SPRACHCAFFEMOMENT
‘LOST in Translation’ - First day struggles of an international student - SC GEOS Toronto, Nov 28 2017
Vinicius, a 27 year old Brazilian lawyer, asks himself how he can further advance in his career. He concludes: learn more languages! So he sets off to his first stop, Toronto, Canada, to start from zero in his English learning process.
DAY 1: Vinicius, sure that he is able to get to school on his own via public transportation asks his homestay mother for directions. Of course, without more than ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ in his vocabulary, he asks by pointing confidently at the metro map that his agency gave him prior to arrival in Toronto. The pleasant and plump homestay mother explains in detail (lengthy detail) his specific directions. Vinicius, wide eyed and completely lost in translation understands the recurring word ‘Spadina station’….okay, he thinks, Spadina station is what he will be announcing. With sheer determination he boldly sets on his way, enters onto the streetcar and announces to the driver “Spadina!’ The streetcar driver looks at him with an equally confident look, answers, ‘OK!’ and points to where one is to place either tokens, change or subway tickets. Vinicius looks down at the fare collecting box confused and repeats, ‘Spadina!’ Again, the streetcar driver repeats, ‘OK!, and again points a little more obviously to the fare collecting box.Vinicius is still not cluing in. He bends down and loudly repeats into the fare collector box, where fare, and definitely not his lips, should be placed, and announces ‘SPADINA!’.The streetcar driver along with the front passengers of the car begin to laugh in unison. Vinicius, also begins to laugh after it dawns on him that this box that this man in this foreign country, speaking in a foreign language, is pointing at is for FARE and not a microphone to announce his destination. On that first trip to school, Vinicius was invited to ride the streetcar free of charge. To top it off, a lovely young lady also helped him with getting the right fare for future use.
“My name is Damian Cotado and I’m an IT professional in my country, Argentina.
I chose GEOS Ottawa because my aunt, who is a teacher in France’s international school system, recommended GEOS as one of the best.
When I started my classes at GEOS, I quickly discovered that I had made the right decision. My goal was to take the IELTS exam and then apply for a college program. GEOS is so cool that they offered me to take a Pathway to Algonquin College, and I did it.
I just want to encourage new students to choose GEOS because of the excellent staff and because it is the shortest way to get into colleges and universities.”
"I can't belive that one month ago i arrived to chile leaving Canadá with sadness but with really nice memories. I met amazing people,from different countries,with beautifull Hearts, and with different personalities too.
I shared amazing adventures and experiences that i will never forget.
This trip showed me a different world. An amazing world.
I really miss Vancouver and you don't know how much i miss you guys. You are awesome. I really hope to come back.
It was a verry Nice experience. You are my family too and i want to keep in touch.
I love you.
Let’s go for more adventures.
Thanks to the coolest Teachers in the world, to the best canadian family that is my family too,to my Friends and to all the people who supported me. I love you guys."